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Calamity Calling: An investigation into global climate change

Forget the debate over climate change. Calamity is already upon us. A yearlong GlobalPost investigation assesses the damage from the Amazon, to Africa, to the Gobi, Greenland and beyond.... Read more»

As parents struggle to repay children's college loans, taxpayers also stand to lose

New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.... Read more»

Daily Star parent gives execs $1.1 million in bonuses

Lee Enterprises, the troubled newspaper chain the owns the Arizona Daily Star, is yet again giving top executives six-figure bonuses. The company’s reasoning? Lee’s honchos revamped the chain’s debt load, stretching out payment terms while slightly bumping the interest rate as Lee refinanced about $800 million in debts.... Read more»1

12-plus states could throw out donation caps after McCutcheon ruling

A Supreme Court ruling eliminating aggregate limits on campaign contributions invalidates similar rules in states.... Read more»

Legal pot in Colorado comes with risks

A reporter returns to his hometown and confronts the new reality of legalized marijuana: “I found that a place settled by the Gold Rush is now mad about reefer.”... Read more»1

After ex-mayor's death, silence and suspicion in Nuevo Laredo

Many residents of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, have reacted with silence to the death of a former mayor, who was allegedly kidnapped. It’s yet another signal that while violence has ebbed in the city, a climate of fear still exists.... Read more»

Medicaid enrollment increased by 3 million from October to February

The number of low-income people enrolled in Medicaid rose by 3 million to 62.3 million from October through February as more Americans joined the state-federal insurance program through state and federal online insurance marketplaces, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services.... Read more»

Legal battles smolder six decades after ‘the greatest health protection in cigarette history’

It’s hard to think of anything more reckless than adding a deadly carcinogen to a product that already causes cancer—and then bragging about the health benefits. That’s what Lorillard Tobacco did 60 years ago when it introduced Kent cigarettes, whose patented “Micronite” filter contained a particularly virulent form of asbestos.... Read more»

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Equally free to sleep under the bridge

According to N. Gregory Mankiw, writing in The New York Times, economists need to honor the principle “first, do no harm” when offering policy prescriptions. That principle, to Mankiw, translates into the following: “when people have voluntarily agreed upon an economic arrangement to their mutual benefit, that arrangement should be respected.”... Read more»

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Faith in values: The conservative fairy tale about government

When people tell stories rooted in fantasy, they’re called fairy tales. Such was the case last fall when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at an anti-poverty forum at the Heritage Foundation. His remarks spun a mythical tale of our nation’s past, when kind, hard-working men and women helped their neighbors and didn’t need the big, bad government. According to Sen. Lee, a free-market economy and a volunteer society were all we needed to thrive. These two magical ingredients supposedly spurred “millions of ordinary Americans to make our economy very wealthy and our society truly rich.”... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely.... Read more»

What the proposed NSA reforms wouldn't do

All the NSA reform plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.... Read more»

Local Dems fire back at Koch bros. Obamacare ads

Local Democratic leaders, bristling at new attack ads aimed at convincing the Affordable Care Act was bad for their community, came out to defend the law and and two of Arizona’s congressional representatives, Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick, for their support of Obamacare.... Read more»

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'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday marks the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life: “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Here’s a recording and the text of that sermon.... Read more»

Arizonans among those rallying Washington to end deportations

Immigration reform advocates, many from Arizona, rallied in front of the White House where they called on the president to “to stop the deportation machine” that is splitting up families. It came just days before a planned weekend of marches and rallies across the country.... Read more»

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